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Early Childhood

16 December, 2021

This new resource outlines the role of the adult in supporting risky play, while also providing practical examples of different types of risky play that might take place in early childhood settings. Risky play can broadly be defined as physical, expressive and exciting play, which involves an element of risk, challenge and adventure. It is fun, exhilarating and even somewhat scary. This resource explores six categories of risky play. It also explores the many benefits of engaging in this play. These include choice, control, decision-making, sense of achievement along with the ability to assess risk, to problem solve and cope with or overcome challenges. The resource further examines how the development of these skills is central to positive mental health and physical well-being.

This new resource, Supporting risky play opportunities, is accessible here.

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